Nadal sets up Norrie final

Rafael Nadal has continued his fine start to 2022, beating Daniil Medvedev to set up a Mexican Open final tie with Briton Cameron Norrie (Match Betting – Nadal 2/11, Norrie 7/2).

World number five Nadal defeated Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open in January and he repeated that success on Saturday.

The Spaniard prevailed 6-3 6-3 to see off the Russian in Acapulco and will subsequently face Norrie in the final at 03:00 GMT on Sunday.

“I played some amazing points on those break points,” said Nadal, who is the 6/5 favourite to win the next grand Slam, the French Open.

“In the second set, Daniil was playing very aggressive, it was a very difficult set. I feel lucky to win that set.

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“I’m really happy with the way I played, against the number one player in the world, and happy to play in the final.”

British number one Norrie stands in his way following a 6-4 6-4 triumph over Greece’s world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Norrie has won eight games in a row after picking up the Delray Beach title, the third ATP Tour honour of his career.

“I was able to dictate play to his backhand and defend my forehand quite well,” said Norrie.

“I definitely felt that better in the second set, and I think my game is pretty good in these conditions.”

Nadal (3/5 – 2-0 victory) has made an incredibly positive start to 2022, winning all 14 of his matches, marking the best start of a campaign in his career.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion has won all three of his previous meetings with Norrie, most recently coming out on top when they clashed at the 2021 French Open.

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